New band Viet Cong is starting quite a buzz with its retro-sounding future-leaning Post-punk music.
Here is a little bit about the band on JAGJAGUWAR Records and a video for “Silhouettes”
Viet Cong’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album is out this week on Jagjaguwar (and Flemish Eye in Canada) and is receiving critical acclaim across the board for its depth, power and sheer inventiveness.
The video for the breathtaking second single “Silhouettes” was today premiered by New York Times’ T Magazine who describe the band as having “a shared penchant for charred, factious punk.” The song is the only one with “obviously autobiographical lyrics on the record,” according to lead vocalist Matt Flegel who goes on to explain them, saying “We were playing a show in a venue with really sketchy power, and I was electrocuted badly. I was bleeding out of my ears and couldn’t hear properly for a few days. I was feeling anxious about it, and you can kind of feel that anxiety in the song.”
Starting with a list of classic science fiction reference points, director Brook Linder developed a concept that plays with vintage sci-fi and horror movie-inspired imagery. The glacial pacing and astronaut’s lumbering gait contrasts with the driving momentum of the song, gradually building tension and perfectly complementing the dystopian vision that runs through much of the album. Using beautiful cinematography, practical effects, and VHS-inspired interface design Linder created an unforgettable, richly cinematic video that stands alone as a short film.
Recorded in a barn-turned-studio in rural Ontario, the seven songs that make up Viet Cong were born largely on the road, when Flegel and band mates Mike Wallace, Scott Munro and Daniel Christiansen embarked on a 50-date tour that stretched virtually every limit imaginable. Close quarters hastened their exhaustion but also honed them as a group. With all four members traveling in one car, the mood conflated with the soundtrack, the soundtrack with the cities around them, and so forth. There was repetition, but it was all different. This combined with the grey, chilly emptiness of Calgary rendered a record with a viscerally rugged vibe.
Viet Cong Tracklisting
01. Newspaper Spoons
02. Pointless Experience
03. March Of Progress
04. Bunker Buster
05. Continental Shelf
Upcoming Tour Dates
03.03.15 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
03.05.15 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
03.06.15 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA
03.07.15 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
03.08.15 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
03.11.15 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
03.12.15 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
03.13.15 – Thalia Hall | Levitation Festival – Chicago, IL
03.14.15 – Dionysus Club at Oberlin College – Oberlin, OH
03.24.15 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
03.25.15 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
03.26.15 – Treefort Music Fest – Boise, ID
03.27.15 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
03.28.15 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
03.29.15 – Upstairs Cabaret – Victoria, BC
05.08.15 – Shaky Knees Festival – Atlanta, GA